Brazil recalls ambassador for ‘consultations;’ Israel slams Brazil as
‘economic giant but diplomatic dwarf’
by HERB KEINON
July 24 – 11:15 A.M.
Brazil on Thursday recalled its ambassador to Israel for consultations in protest over the IDF’s operation in the Gaza Strip.
A statement put out by the Brazilian foreign ministry said that Brazil considers “escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine” as unacceptable. “We strongly condemn the disproportionate use of force by Israel in the Gaza Strip.”
The Foreign Ministry immediately slammed Brazil for the move.
“This is an unfortunate demonstration of why Brazil, an economic and cultural giant, remains a diplomatic dwarf,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.
“The moral relativism behind this move makes Brazil an irrelevant diplomatic partner, own who creates problems rather than contributes to solutions.”
During Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009, Bolivia cut ties with Israel and Mauritania, the only Arab country besides Jordan and Egypt that had relations with Israel, recalled its envoy for consultations, a prelude to that country later breaking off ties
Brazil was one of the 29 countries in the UN Human rights Council that voted Wednesday to probe Israel’s actions in Gaza (17 countries abstained, and only the US opposed). One Israeli official said that Brazil’s representative to the council was especially “bad” when addressing the council.
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